Additional Questions from Pizza with the Presidents
Because of time, not all of the questions submitted during Pizza with the Presidents on May 2 were addressed. Here are answers to those questions.
Is anything currently being done to ensure enough classes are available for impacted majors and ensure students are on pace to graduate in a timely manner?
We employ a number of strategies to identify high-demand bottleneck courses and ensure that sufficient sections of these courses are offered and available to students. This academic year alone, we invested over $1 million in additional funding to offer additional sections of bottleneck courses. Students can help better inform this effort by meeting with their advisors to complete an Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) (https://www.cpp.edu/~advising/iap/). The information extracted from IAPs is one important way in which we identify the additional courses that must be offered to meet student demand.
Why are we converting to the semester system?
Cal Poly Pomona is among six CSU campuses switching to a semester system at the direction of the CSU. The semester system is used by the majority of colleges and universities and allows for more in-depth learning, closer relationships between faculty and students, and increased opportunities for internships and study abroad programs.
Will we have higher tuition due to the semester change?
No. The CSU tuition per academic year is the same for quarter and semester campuses. (https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/paying-for-college/tuition-increase/Pages/proposed-tuition-adjustment-detail.aspx)
How much will our tuition increase? And when will it take effect?
The CSU system has posted information on the 2017-2018 tuition Increase at https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/paying-for-college/tuition-increase. This page has detailed information about the amounts and the timing. You can learn more about how the increase will affect students who receive financial aid and get information about the resources available to help students with the increase. This is well worth a few more clicks.
When are the classes for semester conversion going to be set for viewing so students can plan ahead?
Semester classes offered during the 2018-2019 academic year can be viewed by students at the end of fall 2017 quarter (around Dec. 15).
Is there a plan in place to better support the academic success of minority students or future CPP students who from districts that do not have many resources?
Cal Poly Pomona is working with local school districts, community colleges and other university partners through the Pomona Regional Learning Collaborative to provide these resources and support.
Can a business major declare a second major in applied statistics?
Students may do a double major if it adds no more than 48 quarter units to their degree. However, it is highly recommend that students meet with advisors in their current departments before adding a second major to ensure that they meet this requirement, are staying on track to graduate and meet their professional goals.
A recent report said the UC system is overspending on its administration. Do you feel that a look at the CSU system would reveal similar findings?
To protect the public resources provided by the state Legislature, the CSU regularly audits the financials and processes of all 23 campuses in the system.
To President Coley, what is the biggest learning experience you have had during this year?
The need for additional coordinated communication around traffic congestion impacting the campus.
How many horses do we have? Which one is your favorite?
There are about 100 horses. A 2-year-old named Blake (President Coley was present when he was born).
Why should students have to suffer the burden for the administration getting paid more with higher tuition? Why doesn’t the president of our school take a cut in pay?
In fact, the president and her husband have established the Ron and Soraya Coley Endowment in order to pay it forward and provide their personal financial support to Cal Poly Pomona students.
With a school that prides itself in engineering, we should be more technologically advanced, but the internet is still below average, especially in Building 9. The internet there is not stable; it always cuts off.
Over the past few years, Cal Poly Pomona has experienced a very rapid growth in internet usage, particularly in wireless usage driven by laptops, cellphones, tablets, wearables and other connected devices. This growth continues to strain our network infrastructure, which we are working to address. A Student Success Fee-funded network improvement initiative will upgrade the wireless infrastructure in Building 9, as well as eight other buildings across campus. This work is scheduled to be completed by the start of the upcoming fall quarter and will significantly improve both coverage and reliability in the upgraded spaces. Every year, we assess our wireless infrastructure and update congested areas on campus.
Why can’t we pay for printing in cash?
Our campus pay-for-print system is called Pharos. Print payments can be made via BroncoBucks or a Pharos print-only account. The university does not have the capacity to provide cash kiosks at all printing devices, but the Pharos print system can accept cash at kiosks located in the University Library, the Cave (Building 97, room 121), and in the computer lab in the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture (Building 2, room 217). (BroncoBucks are the funds that you deposit into your BroncoBucks account linked to your Bronco Access Card. Once you deposit money into your account, these funds can be spent using your Bronco Access Card at most campus dining service and convenience store locations, the Bronco Bookstore, University Village laundry facilities, select vending machines, as well as the Pharos printing system.)
Why is printing not free?
Printing costs are variable and are different for every student. Each student may print based on their need for this service. Rather than charge a flat fee for this service for all students, the campus print program is supported by printing charges that are only applicable if used. These charges support each device with paper, ink, maintenance kits, vendor repairs, replacement printers and daily support.
Why does our tuition not cover printing?
The costs to support printing are considerable. Today, each student may print based on their need for this service. If the university charged a flat fee for the service, the printing services would be limited volume (amount of printouts per student). Because of this, the campus print program is supported by printing charges that are only applicable if used. These charges support each device with paper, ink, maintenance kits, vendor repairs, replacement printers and daily support.
We have too much grass that takes too much water. How will you reduce it?
Cal Poly Pomona has reduced the turf areas on campus by 18 percent over the past five years and has introduced xeriscape planting in many of these areas. The majority of the existing turf areas on campus are utilized for athletic and event activities. The turf areas on campus are the No. 1 source of “carbon sink” contributions from the campus. Carbon sinks help reduce global warming by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and converting it to non-warming byproducts. The campus landscape is 100 percent irrigated with a weather-based central irrigation control system that adjusts for the climate and automatically shuts down, and communicates to Landscape Services when there is a break or malfunction in the system, thereby reducing water waste. This system has been in use on campus for the past eight years and has reduced per square foot of landscape area water use by 30 percent. The campus landscape is irrigated with 100 percent reclaimed/recycled water and does not use domestic water. Because the campus uses reclaimed water instead of domestic water, it was not required by the governor’s drought water-reduction mandate to reduce water usage, but the campus did and has further reduced water use during this recent drought.
What efforts are being made to make Cal Poly Pomona more environmentally friendly?
There is a wide variety of sustainability-related efforts that are new and expanding to make Cal Poly Pomona even more environmentally friendly. We are continuing to make progress in reducing our campus carbon footprint. Our new major capital projects are all targeting LEED Gold certification. More water bottle refill stations have been added. Recently, we partnered with University Housing Services to hold the Bronco Energy Competition in which residence halls competed against one another to see which one could reduce energy and water consumption the most. We also put out a Sustainability Course Guide to allow students who are interested in environmental issues to see a list of courses that focus on sustainability. We just launched our social media pages, so please take a look at more of what we are doing at our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can find us at sustainabilitycpp.
Will there be a student resource for finding housing to cover a temporary internship or research traveling?
There are no funds in the Career Center for this situation. It depends on organizations, but some do offer housing or reduce rates on housing for students doing internships, including some travel expenses.